There are several benefits that come with making your own coconut/olive oil body butter: For one, you get to add far more nutrients (vitamin E and vitamin D) than what’s added to typical store-bought body butter creams, which is essential because the outer layer of the skin needs topical nourishment for optimum health. Second, you’ll know exactly what will be going on your skin (no laundry list of unknown chemicals here). And finally, what homemade recipe would be complete if it didn’t save you a bit of money? This recipe makes 16+ oz and only costs several dollars to make.
I custom crafted this body butter recipe to contain high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins E and D, which have incredible benefits for restoring and protecting the skin from sun and age-related damage. This recipe also calls for extra virgin olive oil, which has anti-oxidant and healing properties of its own. Beeswax is added to make the end product have a creamy/buttery texture that applies smoothly to the skin (plain whipped coconut oil, like some recipes call for, is more oily).
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of vitamin E oil (d-tocopherol)
1 tbsp of vitamin D oil (cholecalciferol)
1 tsp of essential oil (if desired – I used tea tree oil)
2 oz of beeswax (pellets are easiest, but you can also make your own shavings from bars)
This homemade coconut/olive oil body butter is incredibly easy to make, and it will nourish your skin like no other. Simply combine all of the ingredients, except for the vitamin oils, in a pot on the stove. Heat the mixture on low (heating just enough to melt the ingredients) and stir frequently until ingredients are blended and melted.
As soon as the ingredients are heated just enough to melt, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Immediately begin beating with an electric mixer and add the vitamin oils.
Beat for a minute or so then place the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes. Remove from refrigerator then beat on high for another 3-4 minutes. The body butter should be congealed, smooth, and creamy. If it’s still too warm and liquified, you may need to let it sit for a few more minutes, occasionally mixing it with the blender. The main goal is to prevent separation or lumps by keeping the body butter mixed while it’s cooling. The end result should look like the picture above, which I produced using the same method and recipe. This is a great all-purpose body-butter cream, excellent in winter and summer months, effective enough for men and gentle enough for babies (my wife likes it for her legs)! Enjoy!
NOTE: If you are allergic to bees or beeswax this recipe is not for you!
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